Monday, 6 December 2010

Cards for Men is One Year Old and we have 2 challenges and a Blog Hop to celebrate!!..

Wow, can you believe it's been a year of challenges over at Cards for Men? To celebrate we have lots going on with tons of prizes available.
There are two challenges this time, both with a Christmas theme. You can make a card or a present or both, it's up to you. We'll draw a random winner for each category and top 3 as usual. You can get all the details and lots more ideas from the rest of the DT over at the main site. Here's what I made:

Firstly my card. I kept this quite simple- the holly design is some printed card from my stash which I have used to make my base card. The red and green have been cut with Nesties and my scallop scissors. The image is a digi by Bugaboo and coloured with promarkers and I made the sentiment on the computer. It reads 'If you stop believing in Santa you get socks for Christmas!'.
The gift is my homemade Green Tomato Chutney which I made from the plants I grew last summer (seems like a lifetime ago with my garden now covered with snow!). One thing I'm loving about digis is that you can resize them, so the image is a bit smaller here.

The topper was also made on my computer and now you can see how the set comes together. (You don't have to make them match- I just wanted to!)
I made two cards and decorated jars for two of the men in my church housegroup whose birthdays I missed when I was up to my eyes writing reports earlier this year. Here they are all together.


Also, we are having an Anniversary Blog Hop. If you didn't come to me from Donna I would hate for you to miss anything so you can get the full list of blogs on the Hop over at Cards for Men. At each stop there'll be a word to collect and a candy draw. I'm so excited to have 3 fabulous digi images of your choice from Hope Jacare to give away.

Here's a bit about Claire who draws these amazing images: "I'm a SAHM with three young children. I trained in Textile Design at the Glasgow School of Art and I love all things handmade, but especially papercrafts.  I love to doodle ... and my doodles are available to purchase as digital images through Stitchy Bear Stamps."

To be in with a chance of winning this great candy  at my stop you just need to leave a comment at the end of this post. A random winner will be drawn on 20 December 2010.

Each stop will have more fabulous candy and a word which you should collect to make up a festive phrase. My word is 'And'. At the end of the blog hop you should have 11 words, work out the phrase and leave it in the comments back at Cards for Men to be in with a chance of winning another great prize. The blog hop will run until midnight on 19th December 2010 and a winner will be chosen on 20th December.

Your next stop is Amy. If you lose your way you can go back to Cards for Men to get the full list. Hope all this makes sense and Good Luck everyone.

25 comments:

Nannieflash said...

Hi Alison, that chutney looks yummy and yor card is fabulous and I love the comments on your labels. Good luck with the Hop, with love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Viv said...

Love your projects Amy! They are brilliant! Happy hopping! Viv xx

Viv said...

Did I say Amy? Duh! I meant Alison!
Sorry Sweety! Viv x

Rainmac said...

What fun cards and gifts Alison, I love your style and how you create your cards, lovely clean lines. this is stunning xxx

Monika Reeck said...

what a cute Project and I love that Bugabo stamp too , very cute I think....thanks for sharing this lovely Project...hugs, Monika

deesdesigns said...

Perfect Bugaboo stamp for your project and card - love em

Shelley said...

Great projects! I expect those gentlement will be glad you missed their birthdays when they see what you've made them. Thanks for sharing!

ribenaruby said...

Hi and what a super project! Love the possibilites of re-sizing digis too. Thanks for the hop word and hope there's many more birthdays to come. ruby x

Shari said...

Very manly and great combo. Bet the chutny is good too. Can't wait to see the blog candy. Thanks for sharing.
Shari . . .

Mandy said...

Hi Alison,
So sorry I'm late getting here to say fabulous card and the chutney looks delicious,a lovely gift for any man,I know my Hubby would love it.....I'm desperately trying to catch up hence getting up at 4am to try....Hope you are well???...
Mandy xx

stefeni said...

You did such a great job on this gift set! I never thought about that, resizing digi images. What is chutney? Is it like a salsa? Looks yum!

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Marianne's Craftroom said...

Adorable image and lovely card and gift. Much better than socks! Thanks for the chance to win. Marianne x

Sara said...

I love the image you chose and how you brought your cards and the salsa packaging together! What a perfect gift! (And yes... much better than socks!) Happy Creating! Sara

Lola said...

What a wonderful gift and presentation! Love your choice of stamp!

Made by Mandy said...

Love the expression on Santas face and the funny, yet very true sentiment.

Well done on making your own chutney, very impressed

lindyloo said...

Hi Alison oh wow what a super card and love the lid on the top of your home made chutney thanks for a chance of winning huggies lindyloo x

Suzi said...

Love your project Alison, I know what you mean about the garden, oh roll on spring till I can get back into mine. That chutney looks delicious.
Suzi x

MrsK said...

Hey Alison What a great gift set and i love the santa he is soo jolly! thanks for the chance to win some goodies! hugz xx

Brook said...

Cute set. Love the Bugaboo stamp. I'll bet whoever get these sets will definitely enjoy them.

Donnas Den said...

This is a wonderful idea, Alison. Very creative and original. Love the stamp as well.

Donna x

Lynne in NI said...

Oh what a lovely gift set, bet they'll love it!

Chrissie said...

I just love this image and your projects are simply fabulous! The chutney looks yummy!
Congrats on Cards for Men's first birthday!
Chrissie

Linda said...

Fabulous gift idea....very cute image!!! My mother used to make the chutney....ummm good!!
Thank you for the chance to win.

laney said...

wow!! Looks fabulous great card and chutney mmm!!
hugs
laney

sticky vicky crafts said...

just popping by for the blog hop love the card and candy keep up the great work we all know how hard the men are to think or great cardsfor so thanx for the inspiration

have a great festive season
vikkie